I wrote this article to help you remove Andyounnews.org. This Andyounnews.org removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
If you have opened your web browser and discovered that your homepage was changed to Andyounnews.org, we have some bad news for you. Your computer is infected with the Andyounnews.org browser hijacker. Don’t panic! We are here for you. Keep reading to find more information about this threat and some basic guidelines on how to prevent future infections.
The Andyounnews.org hijacker is a classic in its field. It sneaks into the victim’s computer, scans the system and infects all installed browsers. The parasite will change your homepage and default search engine. It will use aggressive marketing to turn you from a visitor into a customer. No matter how persistent you are in your attempts to restore your preferable homepage and default search engine, the hijacker will not let you do it. You need to remove the parasite first and then you will be able to make changes to your browser.
The Andyounnews.org website is an endless stream of news articles. It also has a search bar for easy access to anything on the web. Not a bad choice for a homepage, right? No, you are terribly wrong if you think so! How would you feel if someone uninvited enters your home and rearranges your furniture? The Andyounnews.org hijacker does exactly this. It sneaks into your computer and rearranges your settings. Don’t let anyone else decide how you use your computer. That is a massive invasion of your personal space. Delete this parasite ASAP!
It is not only the intrusion of your personal space. The Andyounnews.org hijacker is potentiality harmful. The search results you see are not trustworthy. They do appear as if they are coming from a popular search engine provider, however, they are not. The hijacker adds fake entries among the results you see. These are paid entries and are there to generate web traffic to some shady websites.
The Andyounnews.org hijacker uses the so-called pay-per-click marketing system. For every ad you click on, the people behind the malicious utility get paid. The bad part is, the ads you see are not marked as such. You can never be sure which results are organic and which are adverts. Doing an online research will be impossible. Furthermore, the hijacker can block adverts by its competitors. You will be able to see only what the Andyounnews.org hijacker allows you to see. You will lose track of the current prices and become an easy target. Don’t put up with that!
As if fake search results are not enough, the Andyounnews.org hijacker starts an ad bombardment. All kinds of ad banners, coupons, discounts, alerts and pop-up ads will cover your screen. As we mentioned above, the hijacker uses pay-per-click marketing. Hence, it will use all tricks up its sleeve to make you click on an advert. At the most unexpected times, it will open pop-up windows right under the cursor of your mouse. As annoying as they are, these ads can be dangerous.
The ads displayed by the Andyounnews.org hijacker can be hazardous. A malicious ad can redirect you to an infected website where a drive-by download will be executed. Such downloads don’t require any interaction by the user and are almost completely invisible. Therefore, they are commonly used by hackers for virus distribution. Don’t risk your computer’s health. Detect this intruder and delete it on the spot!
To operate on your system, the Andyounnews.org hijacker needs your permission. But, do you remember giving it? It is not a surprise if you don’t remember doing so. The hijacker may have arrived as a bundled app to some freeware or shareware you downloaded off the Internet. To make some extra money, developers tend to add additional programs in the installation file of many free programs. If the user chooses to use the suggested standard installation method, all those extras will be installed without further ado. However, there is a way to stop that from happening. Opt for an advanced/custom button or tab. It may be described as a suitable option for IT experts only, but there is nothing complicated in it. Only under the custom method can you see a list of all additional programs and deny their installation.
Of course, there are other distribution methods. Spam emails, torrents, fake software updates and corrupted links are very common nowadays. The key to a secure computer is caution. Whatever you install, pay attention to the installation process. Always choose an advanced installation, if such is available. Read the terms and conditions/EULA. If you spot anything out of the ordinary, abort the process immediately. All those steps are a bit time-consuming, but they can spare you many troubles in the future.
Before starting the real removal process, you must reboot in Safe Mode. If you know how to do this, skip the instructions below and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, here is how to reboot in Safe mode:
For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7:
Reboot your computer. When the first screen of information appears, start repeatedly pressing F8 key. Then choose Safe Mode With Networking from the options.
For Windows 8/8.1
Click the Start button, next click Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.
Check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart when asked.
For Windows 10
Open the Start menu and click or tap on the Power button.
While keeping the Shift key pressed, click or tap on Restart.
Please, follow the steps precisely to remove Andyounnews.org from the browser:
Remove From Mozilla Firefox:
Open Firefox, click on top-right corner , click Add-ons, hit Extensions next.
Look for suspicious or unknown extensions, remove them all.
Remove From Chrome:
Open Chrome, click chrome menu icon at the top-right corner —>More Tools —> Extensions. There, identify the malware and select chrome-trash-icon(Remove).
Remove From Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click IE gear icon on the top-right corner —> Manage Add-ons.
Find the malicious add-on. Remove it by pressing Disable.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties. Remove everything after the .exe” in the Target box.
Open Control Panel by holding the Win Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.
Here, find any program you had no intention to install and uninstall it.
Run the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.
Look carefully at the file names and descriptions of the running processes. If you find any suspicious one, search on Google for its name, or contact me directly to identify it. If you find a malware process, right-click on it and choose End task.
Open MS Config by holding the Win Key and R together. Type msconfig and hit Enter.
Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Still can not remove Andyounnews.org from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.